How to Build Community

This is an update to an old post. I have added a couple of videos to make it relevant. First, a TED Talk for the serious readers:

And, YouTube staff tell about creating YouTube community:

Another TED Talk

And, another

Enough of the videos, The original post continues:

Human is a social animal and we need everybody to be around and help each other. But due to the modern advances in technology and ways of life (lifestyle) we don’t get much time to devote to others.

I found a nice list on what to do to build a community and want to share with you people.

The list goes like :

* Turn off your TV
* Leave your house
* Know your neighbors
* Look up when you are walking
* Greet people
* Sit on your stoop
* Plant flowers
* Use your library
* Play together
* Buy from local merchants
* Share what you have
* Help a lost dog
* Take children to the park
* Garden together
* Support neighborhood schools
* Fix it even if you didn’t break it
* Have pot lucks
* Honor elders
* Pick up litter
* Read stories aloud
* Dance in the street
* Talk to the mail carrier
* Listen to the birds
* Put up a swing
* Help carry something heavy
* Barter for your goods
* Start a tradition
* Ask a question
* Hire young people for odd jobs
* Organize a block party
* Bake extra and share
* Ask for help when you need it
* Open your shades
* Sing together
* Share your skills
* Take back the night
* Turn up the music
* Turn down the music
* Listen before you react to anger
* Mediate a conflict
* Seek to understand
* Learn from new and uncomfortable angles
* Know that no one is silent though many are not heard
* Work to change this

Long huh ? But still it is nice to read (at least!!)

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